Don’t know where to start when buying your pooches first plush toy? Do you want your pooches first plush toy to be something special they will cherish for years to come? I hope you can find some insight in this article to help with your decision.
I cannot guarantee if or how long these plush toys will last as each dog is different in the ways they handle their toys but I have chosen the best plush toys for your dog that I personally think would be most enjoyable.
Take my dog Nutmeg, an English Springer Spaniel for instance, she has had her little teddy bear since she was a pup and this was a prize won from the local Royal Show, although it has lost it’s eyes and is looking a little flat from the lack of stuffing left in it, this is has always been a favourite of hers for the last 10 years.
Therefore, your dogs plush toy does not need to be one that comes from the pet store but simply any plush toy that is both safe for the dog and what you think will be the best fit.
Plush Toys for Small and Big Dogs
Realistically you can have any sized toy for your small dog it is just what you or your dog prefers most. Whether it’s a plush toy that’s bigger or smaller than your little pooch let them choose themselves and save yourself the pressure of getting it right, they may even like both you never know until they try.
Again you could have any sized plush toy for your larger dog, it’s just a matter of what they like to play with or they may even settle with what you have chosen for them. Like my dog Nutmeg she got given a prize won teddy from the local Royal Show and she’s been happy with that since.
When getting a plush toy just be mindful of the materials, if you’re getting a plush toy for your puppy you want to be sure there is nothing on this that can come off easily and cause a chocking hazard. Our puppies are like babies, we need to think about their well-being, so if you have a larger plush toy with bigger eyes you don’t want them chocking on that if you feel they will chew these off and especially since smaller dogs and tiny when only a puppy.
Plush Toy Quality
As I have mentioned before my dog Nutmeg has had her little teddy since she first came into the home, although it is quite rough looking it’s lasted and it came from the local show. Whereas last month some friends passing through purchased her a newer toy (which she also enjoys) from one of the major chain retailers Kmart or BigW and it already has stitching unraveling.
Yes this toy would’ve been for a child rather than a dog and so was her first teddy, yet one has outlasted the other. What I am getting at is that you can purchase your pooches plush toy anywhere that they are sold/given as prizes. If you are closer to a store that sells toys for children that’s ok, no need to drive out of your way to a pet store.
When you are choosing your pooches plush toy it’ll be a good idea to have a closer look at the stitching, is it well-made? How soft is it? Is it too soft that like my Nutmeg when she sucks/ nibbles on it the stuffing goes flat too soon? Or maybe it’s too firm? I am assuming if Nutmeg isn’t too fond of hard balls like a cricket ball she may not like firm plush toys that she cannot suck on. These are just some things to look at and think about.
Plush Toys in Store
You can find a plush toy in Kmart ranging from $3 AUD, the plush toy my friends bought Nutmeg was $4 which shows in the durability of this toy. If you know your pooch goes through toys like there’s no tomorrow then I would say buying a plush toy around the $4 mark will save you a fraction of the money you’d spend on pet store plush toys. Or maybe you don’t mind buying regular replacement toys then buying from chain retailers like Kmart, BigW and Target is a good alternative.
Before I started working in administration I was a casual shop assistant at a Newsagency, from working there I am familiar with much of the gift ware in store. One thing they had was a huge range of plush toys that ranged from about $10 and upwards. Quite a few of these felt they had good stitching and would last a very long time, and because these plush toys are sourced from local Australian suppliers generally they will be more durable than a plush toy from one of the major retailers.
These stores are just alternative options to finding your pooches plush toy, I know some smaller towns do not have a pet specific stores and some people do not want to make the journey to one so these stores are great options if they’re close by. If you aren’t close to any of these stores and you know of another store near you with plush toys, pop in there and have a look. You never know.
Plush Toys in Pet Stores
Now a place where most animal lovers are familiar with, the good old pet stores. Where I am located we have two main pet stores Pet Barn and Petstock, so I will be refer to one of these for pricing but it should be similar across all pet stores.
In Pet Barn plush toys range from $7 AUD and the fun thing about the variety of toys in this store is the combination of your typical plush toy and a firm ball. If you want a plush toy that is a bit more fun and has some character this pet store has a variety to choose from online, big and small.
The Best Plush Toys for Your Dog
The main message I was hoping to get across is that no matter where or how much you have spent on your pooches plush toy, it’s your pooch that will decide what they find is the best plush toy to them.